The fisheries resource will come to life at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History this summer as a free event called Fishy Fun will bring a range of interactive activities suitable for all the family. Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History are partnering on a one day event (Saturday, 20th of July) as part of International Year of the Salmon (IYS) which aims to engage the public around the challenges facing salmon today. Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for the inland fisheries sector, launched the initiative which is one of a number of activities taking place throughout the summer to promote salmon conservation and the fisheries resource.
Come along to the museum to learn more about the fantastic collection of fish on display and how Ireland’s most iconic fish species, salmon, is facing its biggest challenge yet. Fisheries staff will be on hand to help young fisheries enthusiasts examine the creepy crawlies which live in Ireland’s rivers and lakes via microscopes while novice anglers can try their hand at fishing through a virtual fishing simulator! In addition to the collection within the museum, aquariums will also showcase some of the freshwater fish which live in waters across Ireland.
Year of the Salmon
The event is just one of a number of initiatives (outlined below) taking place across the country as part of International Year of the Salmon which is a world-wide initiative of the North Atlantic Salmon Organisation (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (NPAFC). It is hoped that IYS will create a framework for international outreach and research while also raising awareness of what humans can do to ensure salmon and their habitats are conserved and restored against a backdrop of several environmental factors.
Minister Canney said: “Salmon are an iconic species in Ireland, and indeed in many other countries along the north-west coast of Europe. International Year of the Salmon offers an opportunity to start an important conversation about salmon and how we can kick start efforts to restore salmon habitats. This event, alongside the many other initiatives, will allow the public to discover more about the fisheries resource and the challenges facing salmon today.
“This is a fun day out aimed especially at families and I would encourage parents and carers in particular to give children the opportunity to learn about our native fish and see how they can contribute to protecting them into the future”, he added.
Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are looking forward to introducing the public to the mystical aquatic world at this family focused event. Novice anglers, future fisheries biologists or scientists or anyone who has an interest in the natural world will enjoy learning more about the fish and creatures which live in our waters and what we can do to ensure their ongoing conservation for future generations.”
The Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Lynn Scarff said: “National Museum of Ireland is delighted to work in partnership with Inland Fisheries Ireland on this exciting event which will allow visitors of all ages to engage with Ireland’s natural history and in particular discover more about the fascinating and symbolic Irish salmon, it’s habitat and other creatures that live alongside it.”
The Fishy Fun event is free and will take place from 10am-4pm on Saturday, 20th of July in the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History, Merrion Street, Dublin 2. As part of the event, children and schools are also invited to enter a national colouring competition The Salmon of Colour which will be available in the museum and online in the summer months with more information coming soon.
To find out more about International Year of the Salmon or to register an event, visit www.yearofthesalmon.org. To learn more about what is happening in Ireland and how you can get involved, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/iys.
International Year of the Salmon Programme in Ireland:
• Wild Salmon Showcase at Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium and Galway Atlantaquaria (Commencing Summer 2019): See wild salmon in action under the water and learn more their life cycle through dedicated salmon installations.
• Salmon Pins Programme (Commencing June 2019): Merit pins will be awarded to anglers who return their salmon to water. Return your catch details to earn a specially commissioned once off International Year of the Salmon pin.
• Citizen Science Salmon Project (Ongoing): Anglers who are willing to become citizen scientists are taking part in the National Salmon Scale Project which sees them carefully take scale samples from live fish before returning them to water and submitting the samples to Inland Fisheries Ireland for research purposes.
• Young Persons Day on the Blackwater Salmon Fishery (Saturday, 22nd of June): Young novice anglers are invited to Blackwater Salmon Fishery for a free educational and fun filled introduction to fishing. Booking required in advance as spaces are limited.
• Salmon’s Wake, The Ilen Project (Monday, 1st of July): The Ilen Project ‘Salmon Wake’ will see a wooden ship ‘Ilen’ launch from Limerick and sail towards West Greenland following the journey which migrating wild Atlantic Salmon take every year.
• National Catch & Release Weekend (Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July): A Catch & Release weekend will take place on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July with anglers invited to handle fish safely and return them to water after catch. #cprsavesfish
• Fishy Fun at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (Saturday, 20th of July): Drop in to the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History Dublin to have some fishy fun and celebrate International Year of the Salmon with a range of interactive activities for all the family.
• The Salmon of Colour (June – October 2019): Pick up a copy of The Salmon of Colour Children’s Colouring Competition in the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History during the summer months or download for free online at www.fisheriesireland.ie/iys to be in with a chance of winning a €100 voucher and private tour of the museum!
• International Marine Biology Symposium with focus on Salmon (25th – 29th August): The 54th European Marine Biology Symposium will be hosted by University College Dublinand will attract marine biologists from all over the world.
• IYS at the National Ploughing Championships (17th – 19th September): A family friendly fun zone focused on salmon will be at Ireland’s largest agricultural show, the National Ploughing Championships.
• Salmon Schools Workshop at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (October 2019): School workshops will be hosted by experienced education staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History.